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Home Buying in Colonia : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Nov 4, 2013
Moretti Team answered:
J Pahuja, please reach out to us personally so that we can chat more about your real estate needs. Talking personally will allow us the opportunity to better understand your needs. Feel free to call me at (908) 419-0266/cell or reach me via email at We look forward to speaking with you soon. ... more
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Fri May 24, 2013
Daniel D'Arcy answered:
A great place. I grew up in Colonia, graduated from Colonia High School, still live in Colonia. Close to everything but tucked away from the rush. Good schools, organized sports, clean, safe and friendly. ... more
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Thu Jul 28, 2011
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Your lender will require it to protect their collateral - so yes, it is required. It is a big price tag, actually one of the major costs you incur, but is necessary. Think of it as insurance of the past - while most insurance is for future events, title insurance guards you against issues of the past. As with so many things, if there are no issues, it seems a silly investment, if there are questions of ownership/liens, it is clearly money necessarily spent!

Jeanne Feenick
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Sat Sep 18, 2010
Nora Haddow answered:
Hello Helen,

Did you find a home yet? if so, did you end of purchasing in Colonia? Some areas of Colonia are very affordable right now. My opinion is Colonia is a fine town. Let me know how you made out. ... more
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Sun Aug 8, 2010
Weichert Realtors answered:
Cooper, your site is not working. Vandana, are you an investor? Regards,
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Tue Dec 29, 2009
Colonia answered:
A Plus Home Inspections.Ask for John he inspected my house. 732-855-8982
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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Tara Sheng answered:
Hi Helen,
Besides researching on the internet, I strongly recommend that you contact the local Board of Education directly. You can speak with them about your child's specific situation and they can advise you appropriately. Their direct number is (732) 750-3200 and their website is
I hope this helps!
Best of luck,

Tara Hofmeister-Sheng
Weichert, Realtors
Rt. 46 @ Cherry Hill Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Office: 973.334.9400 x146
Mobile: 862.242.0688
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Tue Aug 25, 2009
Victor Kaminski answered:
I found it strange but I got an email from a Social Media Guru at Trulia directing me to your question, anyway....
Thanks for the heads up Trulia...

That street is between inman ave and lake ave, both of those are semi main roads in desirable areas. Califon Dr. isn't a main road fyi and is close to the golf course and is for all general purposes a nice area however your version of nice may differ from mine therefore I usually don't like giving out this kind of advice.

I always suggest in person consultations to get to know you, your situation, preferences, etc and always suggest at minimum a buyer drive thru the neighborhood to see if "they" like it.

I just noticed your profile says you currently live in Colonia? Anyway, if you'd like some home buying assistance I'd be glad to help.

Victor Kaminski
Broker of Record
Marivic GMAC Real Estate
2056A Lincoln Hwy. (Rt.27)
Edison, NJ 08817-3330
Office: 732-650-9911 Ext.302
Cellular: 908-884-5757

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Wed Aug 5, 2009
Lawrence T. Mraz answered:
Taxes in New Jersey communities are based on the "assessed value" of the home. That assessed value is multiplied by that years' tax rate to arrive at the annual taxes to be paid. The assessed value does not change when a home is sold. It only changes if there is a total re-assessment of all properties in the town. When the municipal budget is approved each year, a tax rate for the year, expressed as a rate per $100 of assessed value is determined. That means that all residential taxes go up proportionately.
So if the home you own today has taxes of $24,000 per year (which as a resident of Colonia tells me that the home must be a very expensive one), then the future taxes should present no more of an impediment to selling than they would today, all other things being equal. By the way, I think that a 5% increase per year is a bit on the high side.

I hope that this helps.
Larry Mraz, Prudential New Jersey Properties 732-715-5849 (cell)
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Mon Jul 27, 2009
Robert Porbansky answered:
Colonia is a great place to live, I have lived in Colonia all my life, and I would not see myself any where else. I graduated from Colonia High School in 1991, the school system is above average but not a blue ribbon school. North Edison does have a blue ribbon school, it is JP Stevens High School. If you were looking to buy a house I would say,you could not lose in either place. ... more
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Thu Apr 2, 2009
David - Appraiser answered:
There are always comps, regardless of the type of real estate. Land can be more difficult, especially if vacant or raw land with no improvements. If you are looking to purhcase or sell, it may be beneficial to you to contact an appraiser to assist in determining a selling or purchase price. In some instances and type of real estate, one has to go farther out (distance from the subject property) and/or farther back in time to find comps. With land, sometimes it is necessary to choose different size parcels as comps. Whether the comps are farther away, larger or smaller, and/or older sales, there are necessary adjustments that need to be made to determine the current market value thereby enabeling one to determine a reasonable selling or purchase price. ... more
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